When will I find out which session I am expected to attend?
Candidates who match through the CaRMS process will be contacted by Touchstone Institute within two weeks of the CaRMS match date and will be asked to indicate their preferred choice of dates.
What will happen if I fail the PRP?
PRP is not evaluative in nature; however, a report of each participant’s attendance records, final skills check scores, participation rate and completion of online modules will be passed on to their specialty program director.
If I am a Canadian citizen, do I have to participate in the PRP?
Yes. All internationally trained physicians who have confirmed acceptance to a specialty residency training program in Ontario are required to complete the PRP.
Can I apply for exemption from the PRP?
In certain specialized circumstances, candidates may contact their program director and apply to be exempt from the program before beginning residency. Touchstone Institute does not grant exemptions directly to candidates.
Will I be able to access the interactive online modules before I arrive in Canada? Are there any other learning materials that I can review online before my arrival?
We will be contacting you via email to provide you with the necessary details to access our online Learning Management System (LMS) at least one week before you begin the program. You can expect to retain access to the LMS well after your participation in the program.
There is no pre-studying or review required before attending the pre-residency program. Online modules are facilitated by a physician and will be moderated during your attendance at the program.
Can I select the elective content that interests me? How does the elective content become part of the curriculum?
Many aspects of the elective online content are woven through our in-class core programming. Online electives provide additional standalone content, if you are interested in learning more about a particular subject area, and are readily available once you have access to our LMS.
We are pleased to provide you with time to meet with the CPSO, CMA, PARO and OMA over some of the lunch breaks during the program. If you are unable to attend the lunch meetings or would like to learn more about the services on your own time, you will also be able to access online modules provided by these agencies.
How much time should I plan to set aside each day for my participation in the program?
We are thrilled to have you as a part of our program! In order to attain full benefit from the program, your attendance for the full 2.5 weeks (or 4.5 weeks if you’re in Family Medicine) is mandatory. A typical day runs from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm with an hour lunch from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm. You will engage in one session in the morning and a different session in the afternoon, with a 15-minute break in each session.
We certainly understand that while you are participating in our program you may also be handling challenges related to your career and/or personal life that can take precedence; we are pleased to make accommodations for such matters.
I’m looking forward to learning from experienced Canadian physicians. What does “facilitation” mean?
The integration of physicians in our program is a key aspect of your learning in the program. Physicians are integrated in a multitude of ways, leading to a very blended model.
For more information about program delivery, download the PRP Program Guide.
- In-Class Sessions. All of our in-class sessions are developed and instructed by physicians who are subject matter experts and heavily involved in the medical community in Ontario. Many of these classes also involve various aspects of facilitation, which can include discussions with your peers, large group simulations and small group simulations.
- Large-Group Simulations. Large-group simulations simulate patient encounters in a classroom setting. Physician instructors then debrief you on the simulated encounter to enhance your engagement with the session content.
- Small-Group Simulations. In small-group simulations, learners engage in a one-on-one patient encounter in a clinical examination room. A physician facilitator will be present to provide specific feedback on the encounter and the strengths and challenges associated with the encounter.
- Online Modules. Facilitated online modules include short written components that are reviewed by remote physician facilitators to provide you with detailed personal feedback on your work.
I understand the interactive learning sessions will include feedback. How will I receive this feedback from the physician leader or facilitator?
Feedback is integral to our programming. Physicians use a form to provide you with feedback on your
If you are the learner involved in the patient encounter, you will be provided with a copy of all the feedback that is captured by a physician facilitator. Additionally, the physician facilitator will verbally debrief the encounter with you.
- Patient-centered communication skills
- Role as a medical expert
Will there be a final evaluation report or exam? If so, who will have access to my results?
The program does include various forms of evaluation; however the evaluation is formative in nature. Our goal is to ensure we provide you with
The following program evaluations are designed to enhance your understanding of your skills in relation to those that you will continue to develop in residency.
- Information on your strengths
- Opportunities to improve
- Resources in order to ensure your readiness for your residency here in Ontario
Throughout the program, you will also participating in our small-group simulations, which provide you with specific feedback on your skills.
Each week, you will complete online multiple choice quizzes (MCQs). Questions are based on the key concepts from in-class material. The answers will be provided to you immediately after you finish the quiz for reference.
A report – which includes your MCQ scores, online module completion and attendance – is provided to your program director to ensure they are able to tailor your residency experience accordingly based on your strengths and opportunities to improve.
For more information about program evaluation, download the PRP Program Guide.
What happens if I have difficulty with some of the core curriculum or online modules? Will my instructor or facilitator be able to help me with parts of the curriculum that I may find challenging?
Our physician instructors, physician facilitators and online facilitators are dedicated to your comfort with the content to ensure your success both in the program and as you progress onward. If you ever have challenges or questions, the instructors or facilitators will be pleased to provide you with additional support.
Additionally, we provide you with confidential academic advising from a physician who is actively involved in our programming and the medical community in Ontario. Your academic advisor will be able to provide you with advice on the program, residency and any other matters you may have questions about. They are truly dedicated to ensuring your success in our program and in residency. You will be scheduled with an advisor for one meeting, and you are encouraged to continue discussions with them as the program progresses.